Certificate in Writing

Write With Confidence, Clarity and Style


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: Varies
  • Class Times: Evenings
  • Cost: TBD

Next start date

September 2017

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About this Program

Note: This program is currently under development. Check back soon for course details and registration information. Courses will begin in fall 2017.

The Certificate in Writing replaces our certificate programs in Advanced Fiction Writing, Literary Fiction Writing, Memoir Writing, Nonfiction Writing, Popular Fiction Writing, Screenwriting, and Writing for Children.

Crisp, engaging writing always stands out, delivering meaning and capturing the attention and imagination of any reader. Whether you’re looking to hone your overall writing chops or focus on a particular type of writing, we offer a wide variety of courses to help you sharpen your skills and accomplish your goals.

Our flexible Certificate in Writing program allows you to personalize your experience and select courses that match your area of interest. We offer courses in subject areas such as:

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Children’s Literature
  • Memoir
  • Screenwriting
  • Publishing
  • Editing

Designed For

Current and aspiring writers who want to develop their craft.

What You’ll Learn

The individual skills and knowledge you’ll gain from this program depends on the courses you choose. These can include:

  • Techniques for creating vivid characters and scenes
  • Developing your own voice and style
  • Word choice, imagery, rhythm and cadence
  • Elements of story that hook the reader
  • Editing principles and practices
  • Insights on getting your work published

Get Hands-On Experience

You’ll craft at least one manuscript or piece of writing that you can submit for publication or other formal use.

Flexible Format

  • Register for each course individually
  • Start in any quarter
  • Customize your own program

Earning the Certificate

After you complete your final course, you can get your certificate by submitting a request form.

Program Overview

You can start the Certificate in Writing with any course and take the courses in any order. You must complete the equivalent of three full-quarter courses — nine continuing education units (CEUs) — over two years or less to earn the certificate.


You should register for all courses individually; there is no application process for the certificate program.

Learning Formats


Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.


Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.

Not available for this program


Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.

Not available for this program